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New Jersey Seafood Harvest

Facts & Figures

Data from the National Marine Fisheries Service & NOAA:

  • New Jersey fishermen land more than 100 varieties of finfish and shellfish

  • There are six major commercial fishing ports: Atlantic City, Barnegat Light, Belford, Cape May, Point Pleasant and Port Norris.

  • New Jersey is one of the leading suppliers of surf clams and ocean quahogs to both the nation and the world.

  • Ocean quahogs and surf clams are used in processed products such as chowders, sauces, dips and breaded clam strips. Although most of these clams are harvested in New Jersey processing often occurs in other states.

  • In 2013, New Jersey's commercial fisherman caught 120 million pounds of seafood valued at $133 million.

  • The most valuable fisheries in New Jersey in 2013 were sea scallops ($65.3 million), ocean quahog ($12 million), surf clams ($10.9 million), and blue crabs ($8.1 million).

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